The 25 Richest People In The World At The End Of 2016

Steve Ballmer - $25.2 billion

Steve Ballmer - $25.2 billion

Although he stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, he is still the largest individual shareholder and therefore, has bucket loads of cash!

Jorge Paulo Lemann - $26.2 billion

Jorge Paulo Lemann - $26.2 billion

Lemann is an investor who also happens to be the richest person in Brazil.



Li-Ka Shing - $29.4 billion

Li-Ka Shing - $29.4 billion

This Hong Kong-based (born in mainland China) business magnate has a name that sounds like a cash register!

Sheldon Adelson - $29.4 billion

Sheldon Adelson - $29.4 billion

Adelson is the majority shareholder and chairman of the planet's largest casino operator, Las Vegas Sands. That was always going to mean a lot of money!



John Mars - $30.1 billion

John Mars - $30.1 billion

Mars is a shared owner of the planet's largest confectioner, Mars Inc. He will soon be able to afford to buy the planet of the same name, probably.

Jacqueline Mars - $30.1 billion

Jacqueline Mars - $30.1 billion

Sister of the previously mentioned John, Jacqueline is one of just three women on this list.



Wang Jianlin - $32.1 billion

Wang Jianlin - $32.1 billion

He is both founder and chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group; a Chinese conglomerate with fingers in all sorts of wonderfully flavored pies from property development, to department stores, tourism, hotels, and entertainment (they are now the largest cinema operators in the world).

Jack Ma - $33.5 billion

Jack Ma - $33.5 billion

It's hard to believe that Ma was once a lowly paid English teacher in his homeland and is now the richest person in China. He founded Alibaba Group, which has grown to be the world’s largest collection of e-commerce websites.



Liliane Bettencourt - $33.6 billion

Liliane Bettencourt - $33.6 billion

This French businesswoman owns 33% of the planet's largest cosmetics maker, L’Oreal. At her financial peak, Bettencourt was once worth in excess of $40 billion, making her the richest woman in history.

Alice Walton - $33.7 billion

Alice Walton - $33.7 billion

The youngest child of Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, Alice is the third and final female on this list (and yes, the richest woman in the world at present time).

Something tells me she won't be the last Walton on the list...



Jim Walton - $34.6 billion

Jim Walton - $34.6 billion

With his other business interests aside, it is Jim's last name and the fact that he is a part owner of Walmart which sees him slip in to the top 15 richest people in the world.

Rob Walton - $34.8 billion

Rob Walton - $34.8 billion

Rob is the eldest of the Walton children and has been the chairman since his father passed away back in 1992.



Bernard Arnault - $35.4 billion

Bernard Arnault - $35.4 billion

This guy is the chairman and CEO of LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton), the world's largest producer of luxury goods. He's also the richest person in France.

Sergey Brin - $37.8 billion

Sergey Brin - $37.8 billion

Born in Russia, American, Sergey Brin is the president of Alphabet. You've heard of them, right? It's the company that owns Google. Enough said?



Larry Page - $38.6 billion

Larry Page - $38.6 billion

...And this dude is the CEO of that same company. The business magnate and computer scientist co-founded Google in 1998.

Ingvar Kamprad - $40.5 billion

Ingvar Kamprad - $40.5 billion

He is the founder and controller of IKEA. We all know you've heard of IKEA so there's absolutely no point explaining any further really.



Larry Ellison - $42.1 billion

Larry Ellison - $42.1 billion

Ellison is the founder and largest shareholder of database company, Oracle.

Carlos Slim - $45.7 billion

Carlos Slim - $45.7 billion

Dubbed the “Warren Buffett of Mexico" he was the richest person in the world in the years from 2010 to 2013. He is still the richest person in Mexico.



Mark Zuckerberg - $50.3 billion

Mark Zuckerberg - $50.3 billion

Facebook. Heard of it?

David Koch - $50.7 billion

David Koch - $50.7 billion

This dude is the executive vice president of Koch Industries (which is a massive deal, obviously). He's known for funding many cultural and medical institutions, which earns him respect as one of the most generous people in the USA.



Charles Koch - $50.7 billion

Charles Koch - $50.7 billion

Charles is the older brother of David and, just like his little bro, owns 42% of Koch Industries. He serves as the company's chairman and CEO.

Jeff Bezos - $62.9 billion

Jeff Bezos - $62.9 billion

Bezos got in early, investing in companies such as Google, Airbnb, and Business Insider. Oh yeah, and he's the chairman and largest shareholder of the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.



Amancio Ortega - $70 billion

Amancio Ortega - $70 billion

He owns a majority share of a company called Inditex which happens to the planet's largest clothing retailer. His casual 70 bill makes him the richest person, not only in his native Spain, but the whole of Europe.

Warren Buffett - $71 billion

Warren Buffett - $71 billion

We all know the “Wizard of Omaha". There's only one person keeping him from the number one and we reckon you might be able to guess who that is considering he's a regular at the pointy end of this list...



Bill Gates - $86.9 billion

Bill Gates - $86.9 billion

Gates was the richest person in the world from 1995 through to 2007. Then again in 2009, and in 2014, 2015 and now, 2016. Of course, he co-founded Microsoft.

Gates and his wife Melinda are know for their philanthropy, and perhaps it is for this reason that we don't mind at all that he sits atop the heap of the richest people on the planet!